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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
Great food - but magnified hype
Submitted Monday, June 1, 2009 - 5:59am [Dine in]

The troops and I decided to finally grace this abode after several romping rounds at the driving range. We expected a busy restaurant, what with the nice weather and all but to our luck we were able to get a table outside the patio.

The Kabuli Palaw that I shared with the girlfriend lit our tastebuds. The lamb shoulder was tender, perfectly seasoned with a good amount of fatty flavour. The scented rice with kabuli, spinach, potato and califlower side although good wasn't out of this world amazing, and portion wise leaned on the smaller side. Our other 2 friends shared the Kebab Platter, which could feed 2 with just enough food. High praise was given to the skewered meat and lamb shoulder, and one of our minions gave high marks to the feta (basically Greek) salad. Those batter fried potato pakawra slices seemed an odd pairing to the platter however those were devoured with chants for more. Most of us ordered drinks though the sangria I had especially left a dent in the wallet, served in a small wine glass.

I was afraid that service would be a bit lax due to our outdoor seating, but it was reliable enough, with our server even getting in a self-deprecating remark to us about her derriere when she bumped a chair over while crossing over to our table.

I was able to peak into the restaurant as I made a couple of trips to the washroom. Casual, somewhat luxurious feel though that special seating room by the washrooms did nothing for me, if anything a detractor from ever requesting it, and it smelled a little funky, and not the washroom funky.

While the food is excellent it does fall short of spectacular. Critics would argue that there is little distinction to Greek cuisine though that shouldn't be an excuse to finding fault that isn't there. Ignore the overrated kudos and trust your tastebuds. For us? We're coming back for sure.

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Victoria Chinese Restaurant1088 Melville St, Vancouver
Tourist trap dining..with mediocre success
Submitted Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

Just came here tonight on account of some long time family friends visiting here briefly and wanted to catch up before they left. It's located inside Royal Centre next to the Hyatt so parking is a little confusing, even in the underground parking.

We had 7-8 dishes in all, a packaged dinner which included mostly typical dishes, but some with unusual presentation, like the roasted chicken with crisp skin, but topped with a dark soy and the infamous green onion and ginger oil. It ruined the crisp skin and made the entire dish bleak with no direction in taste. The peking duck, a usual favourite, came with dry wrappers and the duck skin itself was another turnoff, not very crispy. Like the previous reviewer mentioned, the fish and sugar snap pea dish was prepared well though the baby bok choi in the sea cucumber and duck web dish was way overdone. Portions are quite ample for many of our dishes but prices are high in return.

Service was hit and miss. Servers were very subtle and blended into the background though they were efficient in replacing plates but slow on refilling the teapots and pitchers of water. I found it very unusual that a few of our dishes were single serving items only with no leftovers for people looking for seconds: the lettuce wrap, the soup to name a couple.

Restaurant is clean and decently modern, though the carpet design was an oversight and the weirdo purple-red leds going in the ceiling was tacky and out of place. One of the few chinese restaurants I've been to where they spent quite a sum on the washrooms, very modern and sleek, and pretty clean to boot.

Considering it's location it might be a restaurant for tourists, since the food here seem too needlessly overdramatic and ends up ruining the simpleness of many chinese dishes. It wasn't busy; our table stood out and echoed the noises all across the room, though nobody cared. Our visitors paid the bill, felt bad. Will I be back? Maybe if someone else paid.

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Zog's Dogs4340 Sundial Cres, Whistler
Not your typical hot dog stand
Submitted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

If you're ever in the area you definitely need to stop by their stand. It's located right by the Blackcomb gondola and the times I've driven up to Whistler during a middle of the night cruise their hotdogs hit it spot on.

Famous for the Zog's dog (mozza with meat sauce), their poutine with REAL cheese curds and the float fried maple flavoured beavertails, you'd be hard pressed to find something not to like. Lots of toppings available at the condiment bar if you want to charge up a regular or veggie dog. A dog is a dog is a dog, but you can't argue with your tummy.

The staff are quick and personable though most customers don't spend too much time chitchatting with them as their main focus is to get your order out. It's much nicer than just a stand, but there are still only a few stools available or the village square to sit down to.

It's usually pretty cold up there so if you are easily detracted from eating outside by the weather it's not worth the trip up here. If you do find yourself up in the village, try it.

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Anna's Cake House606 East Broadway, Vancouver
Hit and miss
Submitted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 5:26am [Dine in]

Anna's has always been known for their fruit cakes, though a recent encounter with one of their signature slices has cemented my opinion that their cakes are slightly overrated.

I come to this location exclusively and I've always loved their fresh mango, fresh fruit and the mousse varieties though the sponge portion tends to be on the dry side (that left out, day old quality). I can't exactly say that they do this by design since there were two instances where I've had the cake and it turned out to be quite the moist surprise, though both times it was the chestnut filling, which I disliked. I rarely ever grab their baked goods though I will admit their egg tarts are delicious.

The staff on hand has been quite helpful even accommodating though considering the clientele they attract they could not survive with anything less.

Great space to showcase their cakes and pastries albeit in a rundown part of East Broadway. Still, I've had many fruit cakes in my short lifetime and Anna's has yet to prove it's hype. It's good but it's not the best I've had.

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Duffin's Donuts1391 41st Avenue East, Vancouver
Torta subs still the only highlight
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2009 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

I just recently came back here in the wee hours after a year and a half long hiatus, and nothing has changed, other than their prices. The torta subs and their other sandwiches are the only highlight still, though their value is less and less considering the quantity of meat they put in their sandwiches is meager, while the prices go up. The donuts are alright and the fried chicken in the display case look safely edible but some of their drinks (slush), desserts (soft serve) are poor and the chinese food next door sometimes looks real scary.

Service is minimal since all of it happens at the counter, though the staff are friendly.

It's still a dive-like ambience though within time it'll rank as a genuine stinkhole, though it does have tvs to take your mind away from the surroundings.

I can't find a reason why this location (and the original location) seems to attract the seedy underbelly crowd (even though most are harmless) but I would relegate coming here to take out only, though there is less and less reason to come here entirely.

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Joe's Grill2061 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Inexpensive homestyle meals..out
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2009 - 7:27pm [Dine in]

I met up with a friend here for a late lunch. We were hoping to go next door but a closed sign squashed that idea, so we cautiously entered seeing only one other occupied table. Self seating (during off peak hours) but our waitress showed up to our booth promptly. Both of us had a hard time picking something - we each ended up with mixed grill breakfast and my friend a chowder on the side. Very ample portions though the food was without the usual grease. The bacon crisps were nice and lean while the fried potatoes were rough chopped boiled potatoes fried with some parsley - I found it on the bland side. My overeasy eggs were nicely done though while both of us agreed the small chicken breast chop and choice cut steak medallion were mostly a dry, bland toss in. My friend described the red chowder as "Campbell's Chunky style" which really meant that it was decent. The food pays homage to the breakfast you'd get at home on a weekend morning. Prices are cheap I think our entrees were one of the most expensive items on the menu, at $14 and includes coffee refills. Based on our meals alone I would rate the food a 2.5 though between each round number it edges itself to the next digit.

Service was prompt and friendly, though I felt our waitress was a little antsy in tending to us - I think she was bored of standing around.

Clean room, with related foodie murials on the walls, though the washrooms were gross.

Lots of other choices on the menu (pancakes, omelettes, sandwiches, burgers) but if breakfast without the grease is your thing, this place might be the ticket.

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Green Lemongrass8180 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Better than average pho
Submitted Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 1:23am [Dine in]

A friend and I dropped by after a sour experience at the dealer service. Having heard some good reviews it warranted a chance. We stumbled in and were seated quickly, only 1 other table occupied. The space yells out latin, shades of yellow everywhere. Not particularly clean and fairly ratty, though we weren't here for the ambience.

My friend ordered the chicken pho while I had my usual assorted meat special. Decent size for the large though I've had bigger portions elsewhere. Lots of meat but the flank was too lean. The soup was steaming hot and I couldn't stop sweating while I was eating, the good kind of sweat though. The rice noodles were a little thinner than usual which I liked, and that broth, well both of us gave it two thumbs up. I also liked the few small cubes of tofu in mine, which I've never seen before and my friend was surprised to find a quail egg in his. Our spring rolls were beautifully crisp and light, and the minced meat filling was a little too easy on the sodium. I found it unusual that our plate of sprouts and mint came out steaming..blanched?

Service was typical of the homely noodle restaurant, friendly servers but minimal service. Our server seemed new to the position and his english was a bit rough.

I hear their Vietnamese sandwiches are quite generous with the fillings, so I'd like to come back to try them. Prices are a little steep here on some menu items so I'm curious to see if the quality and quantity is proportional. They do accept the plastic so that's a big plus in my books.

No leaps above the crowd, but I'll be back, that's for sure.

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Denny's622 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Gut bomb
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 3:21am [Dine in]

I've spent many a nights here right through highschool up to now for the Denny's safe choice, breakfast. Even up to my most recent trip at this location my Lumberjack Slam boasts it's best quality as the quintessential "gut bomb" meal at 3am. It's not overly greasy, and sometimes the sausage links come out south of the temperature needle, and I've somewhat grown akin to liking those refried frozenbag variety hashbrowns but it's the familiarity to the tastebuds that doesn't leave me second guessing why I only order this off their menu now. I've tried the other stuff before, chicken strips, the classic burger, the club/superbird sandwiches, all safe choices, though each one left me disappointed once.

Service is pretty slow here with the waitresses lumbering around the floor, though kitchen speed isn't much better, usually slower. While the servers here aren't exactly friendly I do find them more indifferent than rude. How happy would you be if you were working at 3am?

Standard Denny's decor. Fairly clean with lots of different people coming through the doors, though I would think twice before bringing your family here.

Like fast food, this is either the place to reward yourself or to punish your body.

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Bubble World Tea House1325 Robson Street, Vancouver
Great location but disproportional quality
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 1:21am [Dine in]

I've come here a couple of times and my most recent visit reaffirmed my feelings for this location. It was raining so we had little choice but to sit in. Not much to look at, 4 small tables riding up against the wall and not particularly clean.

The strawberry milktea was bland in fruit flavour, overpowered by the tea, though I would concede to the fact that strawberry season is over so the ripe berry flavour isn't there. It is mixed well with nicely crushed ice pellets however. The mango slush with coconut jelly I had before was actually quite good but was ruined by the bland, and clumped together gelatin.

This Bubble World location is certainly lacking some refinements compared to the other locations, considering the high traffic area and competition down the street it needs to step it up. I am willing to give this place a third try when I am in the mood and in the area.

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Bubble World Tea House3377 Kingsway, #2, Vancouver
Another great BBT
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 5:45am [Dine in]

I'm no connoisseur of bubble tea compared to friends but I know what I like, and this location probably ranks in the top 5 for me.

I usually order one of my favourites here, the lychee slush with coconut jelly. Nice blend, strong lychee flavours complete with fruit chunks and soft and not overly chewy tapioca balls when I do get them. Their milktea variety are also well made.

While there is plenty of space to stand around only a few tables are set up. It's not particularly clean nor inviting inside though many regulars hang around there and I can't argue with success, the drinks are worth coming here for.

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Dairy Queen Grill & Chill4990 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
Neighbourhood institution, but don't get your Blizzards here
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 5:19am [Dine in]

I've been to this location the most over the years due to its proximity to home. It has largely been the same, even the current staff seems to have worked here for a good while.

While you can't really argue with their prices and the service has been reliably good, I've had some misses with their menu. The strawberry waffle bowl I had once was rather unappetizing, overly sweet with the fruit topping, and watching firsthand the staff person ring out the last of the faux whipped cream out of a plastic bag, which ended up looking like leftover shaving cream at the bottom of the sink in my waffle bowl. Blizzards are inconsistently mixed here, usually to the point were the bottom half of the cup is just plain soft serve. They are stingy on the toppings here too. The hot foods here are OK though I would prefer several other fast food options elsewhere first.

They've been closed for renovations but should be back up and running as a Grill 'n Chill soon. Let's hope the new extension on life is passed onto their cool treats.

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Calling Public House, The1780 Davie Street, Vancouver
Bait 'n switch
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 5:04am [Dine in]

Learning that the Monday long weekend was going to be a wet one, some friends decided that we should drink to our health Sunday night so one friend decided to give this place another visit after having a decent time before. For a long weekend there were surprisingly few busy bodies inside, only 2 other tables occupied.

The Collins, Margaritas and Jack & Cokes were strong in alcoholic taste but were inconsistently mixed, with our 2 lime margaritas coming in different glasses, while the Caesars were completely bland..Bloody Mary's. For whatever reason I found it odd the way the server kept asking us for top ups (and not the other tables) however once the bill came, we realized why she was so insistent. Our hefty bill of 8 drinks ended up almost double the "typical" price and when we looked more closely at the bill, it showed that all our drinks were double shots, though we never asked for them. We brought this up to our server though long story short the sympathy and apology was lost. We were wanting to order some food too but decided this place wasn't worth our time. We all angrily left the cash on the table after again finding out they don't accept Interac though credit cards were OK.

Our server appeared brain dead though she was quick to keep our glasses filled, albeit dishonestly. This is one of those places that looks good if you're walking by, but a completely numbing experience inside. It's not big and while there was plenty of space between tables it felt claustrophobic. The 2 washrooms are unisex which I felt was unusual. The friend who had been here before said it was decent enough but seems only busy during UFC events.

Avoid.

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Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill3204 West Broadway, Vancouver
Iconic quack
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

After failing to secure a half decent spot at some patio areas around town and with the sun coming down fast, we just decided on 'ol reliable Swiss Chalet. We haven't been here in years so it was a nice blast from the past. We entered to a somber room, standing for a few minutes before we were seated. The vibe is cautious, very family and elder friendly.

Our friendly server was up to par all night, if not a little overworked as it looked like he was the only person bussing half of the room. Our food took a little long to come out though the wait wasn't much of a bother. The chicken has not changed since we last been there, tender (if not a touch stringy), juicy and flavoured, if not comparable to the rotisserie chicken you can get at Safeway. They could've changed the oil for the fryers, our fries coming out brown, while that famous dipping sauce still tastes strange. My friend's and gf's chicken and shrimp entree special was a much better alternative to the fries. Chicken and overall portions are still roughly the same and will leave you satisfied.

You can't get much safer than dining on rotisserie chicken in a quiet, g-rated family restaurant.

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Green Leaf Natural Food Bubble Tea5756 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Great bubble tea dive
Submitted Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 4:10am [Dine in]

I came here maybe a handful of times during my highschool days but moreso recently with the gf. I had always assumed the name was just Bubble Tea, as their awning suggests, but I guess not.

My last few recent visits I've shared the cappuccino bubble tea with the gf, which consistently tastes great. It is mixed well with a loud shout of espresso flavour. I like the fruit slush (passionfruit) though I tend to gravitate to just having a few sips of the girlfriend's drink.

The place is filthy and cold, though seems like a local hangout. Service is slow as there has always been only 1 person there working, though he is friendly and apologizes for our waiting.

If you can overlook the sty, the drinks are quite the pleasant surprise.

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Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Pub3728 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Potential great neighbourhood pub, but get a good seat
Submitted Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 3:19am [Dine in]

Our small group headed here for what eventually became the Canucks' last game of the season. It looked every bit like a local pub you would see on tv. We stood for a couple of minutes until we figured that you don't need to wait to be seated, so find your own space. Unfortunately we came late and all the good seats were gone, and what was left had a great view of the projector screen but was a high traffic area - pretty much everyone inside wore a path to the washroom by the time we left and we must've had our chairs bumped a couple dozen times easy. The best seats are at the back on the upper portion of the room, where it's less cramped anyway.

I had mixed feelings with our food. The wings were impressive in size, they're all drumsticks! Flavours were not so great, a bit dry, the jerk tasting unfamiliar while the honey garlic had a strange, plastic-like taste. The poutine was decent though the fries were soggy, while my friend's bangers and hash was best described as decent. Portions are very ample and prices are cheap so it's darn great value. Our drinks were mildly watered down, and they don't freeze the beer glasses, another miss.

Though understandable that is was game night and the servers would be taxed, I felt it to be on the slow side, and she missed a few items including flatware for our food. We had to flag her down a couple of times but I suppose a pub could get away with this.

Great atmosphere and what a local pub would look like. Lots of tvs and at good viewing angles, I peeked around and noticed a patio area for those sunny days, and there were at least a couple of private rooms for bigger groups. Plenty of barflies here. I noticed some second hand smoke lingering on and off at the beginning but that would be my only quibble other than the somewhat cramped lower seating areas.

They definitely have something going for them here. If the food and drinks could be a notch better it'd be the place to be. Absolutely warrants another visit at least.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes10551 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
Don't start your day here
Submitted Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 2:55am [Dine in]

I came here for some breakfast at the noon hour. Hey, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, irregardless of the time of day you have it. It took a little while to be seated though my waitress looked more huried than she led on. I quickly ordered my breakfast sampler only to sit and wait for my reheated delight. Nicely cooked easy over eggs but my meats tasted like it sat on the plate a while, while those hash browns merely filled up the remainder of the empty space in my belly.

Service was slow and a bit unprepared, though the waitress was nice enough. I wouldn't spend too much time looking around as there is little to take in.

You can easily find better elsewhere, but if you've already committed yourself to eating here, it's passable.

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Sammy J. Peppers Grill & Bar1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver
Subsitute waitress saved an otherwise, mediocre evening
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 3:16am [Dine in]

Some friends and I decided to try coming back here for the playoff game since we were unlucky last time. Greeted happily at the door we did get some patio seating after moving around the room a few times, though after settling in the service went to null..for a while. Sitting there waiting for a waitress to stop at our table, we couldn't help but notice that the waitresses waited on tables all over the room, and not by their assigned section. I was wondering why there were 4 different waitresses bussing all our neighbouring tables and not one of the at least half dozen who walked by our table asked if we wanted some service. After a 30 minute wait and feeling like segregated I decided to try my hand at flagging down a waitress waiting on a neighbouring table. FINALLY! She tried to find our original server but alas she ended up bussing us the rest of the night, and did a great job to bump my service rating to them to decent. She was the highlight of the night, and this includes the horrible game.

We ordered finger foods all the way: calamari, steak bites, flatbread, wings and artichoke dip. The wings were the unanimous favourite among all of us but nearly each dish was unusually heavy on the salt. The steak bites, the only properly seasoned item there, was a ripoff and the artichoke dip was on the runny side, its consistency like it had been sitting in the sun for a few hours.

Great vibe, loud but not overbearing, with everyone hooting and hollering at the Canucks breaking our hearts. Patio space is along the boardwalk while the inside doesn't look as good cosmetically compared to its rivals.

It ranks well below average, with this location being a definite disappointment.

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Fukuroku Express4651 No. 3 Road, #155, Richmond
Bring a book
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 2:52am [Dine in]

I've been here numberous times to order their takeout party trays. Good value, decent quality and lots of variety. My only gripe comes from the wait time when I come in to pick up my order - let's say anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes, and this doesn't include the usual 2 hour heads up I give when I call in to place my order. I wouldn't come here if time is not on your side, nor would I eat in, mostly drab interior.

Bring a book to read. The likelihood of your waiting here is almost guaranteed.

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Vina Vietnamese Gourmet777 Dunsmuir Street, 207, Vancouver
An unsatisfying choice
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 4:24am [Dine in]

Mall shopping can take a lot out of a person..well not really, but it does wonders on working up an appetite. The renovated PC food court offers variety and as usual, nothing stood out, but the Vietnamese booth cried afoul, and there I came.

I ordered the exact same combination platter as a previous trip at another location, a messy mish mosh of a chicken brochette, a spring roll, a few roll dips, a small salad with dressing and vermicelli and yet again, a disappointing show. The brochette was dry and bland, as was the dips, heck even the few sprigs of lettuce in the salad couldn't be bothered to be made decently. Luckily the spring roll saved the meal, but it was only of passing grade.

The food court ran through the afternoon rush and was busy, though few came by the booth as I sat and ate my meal. The lighting here makes for a somewhat gloomy dining experience.

Vina and Vietnamese cuisine do not mix well. If this food court flop serve as a representation of what to expect at their restaurant locations, I would be very leery of stepping in. One good thing, these "express" locations allow plastic, a rare find.

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Vina Vietnamese Gourmet2929 Barnett Highway, #2644, Coquitlam
Substandard food court offering
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 4:12am [Dine in]

My friend, gf and I ended up at the food court after spending a day out in the sun and at a local car show. Everyone wandered off and eventually I found myself standing at the checkout here.

I ordered the combination with included a brochette skewer, Vietnamese rice roll dips, a spring roll, small salad and rice. The chicken brochette was both moist and dry depending on which bite you were at while the spring roll was not made to order, lukewarm to the point where the crispy outer skin was chewy and the meat inside easily seperated itself away from the casing. The roll dips were cold, hard and lacking any flavour, making the small iceberg lettuce salad the most appetizing part on my plate. Frankly, the rice wasn't even all that good. I am going to look for the good here and what I will take away from this place was that my meal was edible, otherwise I would rate the food as poor.

Everything else was the default food court example.

Come on, try a little.

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